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sailortrash 09-08-2012 04:27 AM

Best power tools?
So I need to get some power tools and I was wondering what brand you guys had the best of luck with? I am looking at the dewalt makita and milwaukee. I believe that i am going to get a large combo so I don't have a hodgepodge of brands and chargers. I know they are all decent I was just wondering which ones held up better in a marine enviroment.

DannyboyUpstate 09-08-2012 06:27 AM

I don't know about a marine environment specifically, but I prefer Bosch tools at work. A lot of guys like the Milwaukee stuff, don't see much Makita, but it appears to be a quality product, and DeWalt is OK, but in my opinion, their quality has declined over the years. One plus for DeWalt, is that we have a local repair center for them that stocks all the parts for them.

ECS-IB30 09-08-2012 07:35 AM

For casual home/boat use dewalt is cost effective and will get the job done ....for jobber use you're better off w higher end... bosch or makita....

MysticGringo 09-08-2012 07:38 AM

I have a set of Dewalt that's pretty bullet proof, but I would say their quality has dropped some since they were bought out. Not nearly like the drop Porter Cable took when bought out.

I've used a bunch of ridged tools too, and one nice thing is their lifetime warranty. Their batteries are the worst though. Buy same type of battery operated tools, but then pick out the best tool for the job for corded stuff.

dnf777 09-08-2012 07:54 AM

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Ditto what Gringo said about sticking with one brand to save on batteries and chargers. Not saying they're any better or worse, but I only have a HomeDepot nearby, so I went with Rigid for the most part. Overall I've been very happy. After many drops and abuse, they all work well and are over 5 years old. I haven't had any issues with the batteries, but that is likely personal use dependent. I've repaired barn doors driving heavy screws into oak planks and wondered if the battery would ever die. I did leave a battery out in the snow for several weeks (yeah, my fault) but when it wouldn't charge, HD replaced it, no questions, no receipt. I would say that for casual/hobby use, Rigid will perform just fine. If I were a daily use professional, I'd go for the more expensive brands. Even at that, i doubt the warranty (esp on batteries) would ever be as good as Rigid/Homedepot.

IronSpinnaker 09-08-2012 07:59 AM

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I like Makita. But for cordless I buy Ryobi. The Batteries for the higher end stuff cost more than just buying a new Ryobi and they only last about a year.

tommays 09-08-2012 08:55 AM

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Ryobi is fine

And the battery's hold UP better than that other brand in REAL WORLD HD machine repair

I have some favorites depending on the tool and job

I favor Metabo for metal work

IronSpinnaker 09-08-2012 09:17 AM

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My current 18 V Ryobi cordless drill is 6 years old and still on the original batteries. It is just starting to get near needing to be replaced (brushes wearing out) I don't make a living with my Ryobi tools, but I use them much more than the average person would.

My brother does make a living with his tools and also chooses Ryobi for all his cordless stuff. He used to be a Dewalt fan, but got tired of spending 150.00 per battery and having them last only a year or so.

Seaduction 09-08-2012 09:42 AM

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bvander66 09-08-2012 09:49 AM

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Have a Ryobi 18V set, being using it for the past 10 years, only thing I have had to replace are some of the batteries. The new Li batteries perform great, but are pricey.

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